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shows the Indians the example of the Pelasgians and
Hellenes, and gives an. interpretation, of the great
laws of historical life. In matter and form this poem
ranks with his two former ones, the elegy to his son,
and that on *Rome. In all we find poetry allied with
the philosophy of history, as in SchillerJs "Poems on
Civilization/3 except that Humboldt's have a more
personal subject, and that therefore personal feelings
of enthusiasm have a freer vent in them, though they
certainly are second to Schiller's in talent and per-
fection. It is, however, a fine testimony of fraternal love.
The other fruits of Hurnboldt's literary activity are
mentioned in a sketch which Schlegel sent to G-oethe
in 1805, under the title, " Artistic and Literary News
from Home/* He says, among other things, cc Herr
von Humholdt, the Prussian ambassador to the papal
court, has completed a translation of the c Agamem-
non * of JEschylus in verse, and even of what is not
lyric, the trimeters, the anapests, and the trochaic
tetrameters, exactly in the metres of the original, with
the greatest fidelity, and in a language worthy of the
pathos of the old master. The publication of this
production would be the more welcome, as we have
hitherto only Stolberg^s translation, which cannot be
called faithful, either according to the spirit or the
form. Uerr von Humboldt is also continuing to devote
his attention, to linguistic researches on the Biscayaii
dialect, and to the origin and connexion of Etaropean
languages in general. "We wish he would publish
something on ancient Home, with whose ruins he has
become perfectly acquainted during the few years of
his residence there; such a work, composed not only
in an antiquarian, but in an historical and philoso-
pnical point of view, could not fail to be very
The translation of " Agamemnon*' on which Hum-
boldt was employed during his residence in Jena, was
entirely recommenced and concluded at once in
Albano, during the summer of 18<M. Schlegel now-
advised its immediate publication, biit Humboldt kept